About this Specialization

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Understand and apply the foundational principles of finance to most business problems and strategies. This integrated set of courses focuses on both the theory and practice of financial decision-making through an applied lens. Ideal for learners seeking to advance their career and/or pursue a business degree, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, a great understanding of foundational concepts in finance will help you to understand the principles of personal finance and investing. After successful completion of the four-course program, you will be equipped to make thoughtful decisions based on a framework built using multiple advances in modern financial theory.
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Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Time Value of Money

4.8
stars
521 ratings
135 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Decision Criteria & Applications

4.6
stars
147 ratings
32 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Bonds & Stocks

4.6
stars
216 ratings
41 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Risk, Return & Valuation

4.8
stars
158 ratings
37 reviews

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Approximately 16 - 20 weeks based on 3-5 hours of work per week

  • Exposure to algebra and a comfort level with numbers

  • If you do not have an exposure to finance, you will get the most out of the specialization if you take them in the order they are presented

  • You will qualify for verified certificates for each course, and the specialization, if you meet the requirements but, at this time, you will not receive university credit.

  • You will be able to value projects and companies, a key step to making smart decisions.

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